New Orleans takes down Robert E. Lee statue

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(NOLA) The last of four Confederate monuments New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants removed from public property, the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, is set to spend just a few more hours looking to the north from its 60-foot column as crews prepare to remove it Friday (May 19).

Barricades were set up in Thursday afternoon, leading most to believe it would be taken down overnight. Monument supporters and opponents gathered anticipating the statue’s removal, but the mayor’s office announced the removal would happen during the day Friday, starting at 9 a.m. The city expects the process to be finished and to reopen the streets around Lee Circle by 5 p.m. Those streets were closed off just before 4 a.m.

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